America’s Black farmers work to uproot racism



In the sweltering heat of a greenhouse, Brooke Bridges inspects long rows of tomato plants, pleased to see a bountiful harvest growing. Once ripe, the crop will be picked and packed, then delivered mainly to poor Black and minority families around Albany, the capital of New York state.
“A beautiful box of produce can spark something in them and remind them of who they are as a Black person in America,” said the 29-year-old Bridges, who gave up an acting career in California to move to the New York countryside.
This young Black woman is one of seven employees working for Soul Fire Farm, which calls itself a “BIPoC-centered community farm” — the acronym standing for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The 80-acre farm was founded in 2011 by an African-American activist.—APP